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DISCOUNT: Walkers Shortbread, Biscuits & Cakes

If there’s anyone in America who hasn’t had Walker’s shortbread, then he or she isn’t a cookie person.

But store shelves have limited space: Unless you visit a theoretical Shortbread Emporium, you’re not likely to find all the different types of Walkers Shortbread—the variety of shapes (fingers, ovals, rounds, petticoat triangles) and flavors (chocolate chip, chocolate covered). And there are oatcakes, which we love with cheese (and so must Queen Elizabeth II, as the boxes carry her royal warrant).

There is also a bevy of biscuits (the British word for both cookies and savory biscuits): Belgian Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Chunk and Hazelnut, Fruit and Lemon, Oatflake and Cranberry, Stem Ginger, and White Chocolate Chunk & Raspberry.

Walkers has been baking shortbread in the Scottish Highlands since 1898. While other old-time bakers have substituted cheaper ingredients in their original recipes, Walkers still uses only the finest pure ingredients with no artificial colors, flavorings or preservatives. The cookies are certified Kosher OU-D and are suitable for vegetarians.


Crown a sundae with a Petticoat Tail short-
bread for an unforgettable presentation. Photo courtesy Walkers.

For those who can’t succumb to the regular shortbread and biscuits, there’s an entire line of Weight Watchers sweet biscuits and savory biscuits, but it is not available in the United States.

And then there are the cakes: Courvoisier Liqueur Fruit Cake, Drambuie Liqueur Fruit Cake, Glenfiddich Whisky Cake and more (sorry, the alcohol is not kosher-certified).

Save 20% Through April 1st

NIBBLE readers enjoy a 20% discount through April 1st. So try new things—and pick up a few Easter Basket gifts for your friends. Use code nibblewalkers at checkout. Head over to and dig in!



TIP OF THE DAY: Low Calorie Party


This barbecue pork loin saves many calories
with a sugar-free blackberry sauce. Here’s
the recipe. Photo courtesy The J.M.
Smucker Company.

Want to throw a get-together but fear for your strict diet? Have a pot luck diet lunch or dinner.

Everyone brings his or her best low-calorie dish, along with copies of the recipe to share and, if it’s a buffet, an index card to set in front of the dish, with the name of the dish and the cook, the ingredients and, if possible, calories per saving.

For more party fun, everyone can rank their top three dishes, and winners can be named.

The prizes?

Something low-calorie, of course! Or something no-calorie, like fancy brands of mineral water.

It’s a great party idea: Less cooking for you and the opportunity to try lots of new low-calorie recipes with your friends—who will be very thankful for all the new recipes they’ll be taking home.

This party concept works with any dietary restriction—fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, low carb, vegan, etc.



PRODUCTS: 10 Appliances To Jump-Start Your Diet

If you haven’t yet begun to make good on that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and/or lose weight (and we’re guilty of that!), read our recommendations of 10 appliances that help you cook enjoyable, lower-calorie foods.

Take a look at how you can benefit from:

  • An electric food steamer
  • A food dehydrator
  • Countertop grills
  • A vertical rotisserie
  • A pressure cooker
  • An electric wok
  • Vapor cookware
  • An electric frother
  • A loose leaf tea brewer

See them all and decide if they can help you with your eating goals.


This food steamer makes it easy to cook
three different types of healthy veggies
at once. Photo courtesy


CONTEST: Do You Have A Great Strawberry Recipe?

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Florida winter strawberries. Photo courtesy
Florida Strawberry Growers Association.

Home cooks and culinary professionals can compete for cash in the first “Florida Strawberries—A Taste of Summer All Winter Long Recipe Contest,” sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association and “Taste of the South Magazine.”

The entry categories are Starters or Salsas; Salads; Sweets and Best Photo. A total of $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

  • Upload your recipe by February 28, 2010 and see the contest rules.Florida is the major U.S. supplier of strawberries from November through early spring. For those who want to buy foods with fewer carbon miles and purchase domestic rather than imported produce, each carton of Florida-grown strawberries has geographic identification noting where the product was grown.
Strawberries are not only nutritious; they’re one of our favorite diet foods. Eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than one orange. A one-cup serving (about 8 to 10 medium-sized berries) contains 45 calories and has no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

So, even if you don’t enter the contest, make strawberries part of your healthy “New Year’s Resolutions” diet.


RECIPE: Southwest Tuna Salad


Enjoy a south-of-the-border twist with fewer calories.

Mexican food is wonderful in the summertime with an ice-cold cerveza or an oversized salt-rimmed Margarita. Who wouldn’t love some tacos smothered with cheese and guacamole, covered in sour cream?

Well…maybe Mexican food isn’t that great an option in the summertime when you have a bathing suit to fit into. Worry not, beachgoers, we’ve got a healthy, delicious alternative to high-calorie, south-of-the-border-fare using Starkist Creations’ Sweet and Spicy Tuna. Try it out at your next fiesta. This is anything but your basic can of albacore.

Southwest Tuna Salad

– 1 (5-ounce) pouch StarKist Creations Sweet & Spicy Tuna
– 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
– 8-ounces low-fat ranch dressing
– 6 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
– 1 (10-ounce) package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
– 1 (16-ounce) jar salsa
– 10 ounce lettuce, washed and torn

Mix ingredients and serve on top of lettuce. Serves 6.

  • Also take a look at President Obama’s favorite (and sustainable) tuna salad recipe.
  • Try a healthy Mediterranean tuna salad recipe with dried cherries, feta and green beans.
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    PRODUCT: Sour Cream & Onion And Cheddar Popchips Potato Chips


    Sour Cream & Onion Popchips, along with
    Cheddar, are now available in the 3-ounce
    and .8 ounce single serving sizes.

    Pop pop, hurray! We’re serving the two newest Popchips flavors at our cookout today. Sour Cream & Onion is a terrific interpretation of the potato chip-and-dip combination; Cheddar is perfect with a beer.

    Popchips, a Nibble Top Pick Of The Week, are the newest and best way to enjoy potato chips. They’re not fried or baked—they’re popped, applying heat and pressure to create a crunchy chip with intense potato flavor, that’s truly healthier. There are no preservatives, no cholesterol, no saturated fat or trans fat; Popchips have 3.5g fat per serving and 100 calories per individual-portion bag. That’s great snacking! Read our full review of Popchips.

    Hungry for more potato chips?


    PRODUCT: Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt

    When you’re Gary Hirshberg, founder and CEO of Stonyfield Yogurt, the daily choice of yogurt is pretty vast. So who’d have guessed, after looking at the Stonyfield Yogurt empire, that his favorite treat as a boy was authentic Greek yogurt, made by his next door neighbors? Last year, he launched his own brand of Greek yogurt, under the Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt label. Oikos is the Greek word for house, and also the root of the word for ecology, which is fundamental to the organic, environment-supportive Stonyfield brand. The Oikos line has 0% fat, is certified organic and kosher and is available in Plain plus Blueberry, Honey, Strawberry and Vanilla.

    Oikos Greek Yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt, but not as thick as FAGE Total Greek yogurt or another relative newcomer, Chobani probiotic Greek yogurt, both of which can pass for thick sour cream. There’s a big difference in the texture—with Oikos being more like “normal” yogurt—as well as in the flavor. Whereas FAGE Total and Chobani can sometimes pass for sour cream (wishful thinking), Oikos is definitely yogurt.

    Read the full review and find out what makes a yogurt “Greek.”

    • Find more reviews of our favorite yogurts in THE NIBBLE’S Yogurt Section.

    Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt is fat free, organic and kosher. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.


    CONTEST: Guiltless In Sin City

    Guiltless Gourmet

    Enter to win the Guiltless Gourmet Sweepstakes

    Eat chips, feel no guilt and maybe win a trip to Vegas or other prizes. You read correctly—buy any flavor of Guiltless Gourmet tortilla chips, in tempting choices such as Spicy Black Bean and Chili Lime. Check the code on the bag online for a chance to win coupons for free products and American Express gift cards. Everyone who enters a code on the Guiltless Gourmet site by September 30th will also be registered for a shot at the Grand Prize: three nights for the winner and a guest at a five-diamond Las Vegas resort, a $1,500 world class spa package and a fat stack of cash. (BYO chips?)
    Speaking of fat, all Guiltless Gourmet products have 3 grams or less per serving. Please pass the salsa.

  • See reviews of our favorite tortilla chips in our Snacks Section.
  • See reviews of our favorite salsas to go with them.
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    PRODUCT: Light Ice Cream ~ How Light Is It?

    Edy's Light Ice cream

    Half the fat doesn’t mean you can eat twice
    as much! Be sure to check the calories, too—
    some brands of “light” ice creams have more
    calories and sugar than other brands of “regular.”

    Our friends at Consumer Reports have been dipping into the light ice cream to give you the scoop on light ice cream (in the July 2009 issue). By law, a “light” ice cream must have one-third the calories or half the fat of a brand’s regular ice cream.

    The taste test compared three light ice creams with their regular counterparts, and also tried Häagen-Dazs Five, which isn’t marketed as a light ice cream but has a third less fat than regular Häagen-Dazs. The comments:

    • All of the lighter versions are quite tasty.
    • The lower-fat Häagen-Dazs Five was actually a bit better than the regular HD.
    • Breyers regular and light ice creams were very close in quality.


    The light ice cream versions can also be less costly. Per half-cup serving, the lighter brands from Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s were less expensive as well as having far fewer calories. However (and there’s always a “however”), the term “light” is relative. The lighter Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry tried actually have more calories and sugars than the regular Edy’s/Dreyer’s and Breyers varieties.

    • Learn more about the different types of ice cream in our Ice Cream Glossary.
    • See reviews of our favorite ice cream brands and check out ice cream recipes in our Ice Cream Section.


    PRODUCT: Sweet Heat–Mrs. Renfro’s Fruit Salsas

    There exists a fine balance between sweet and savory—too much of one and the other falls short. For those who like sweet salsa, Mrs. Renfro’s Gourmet Salsas deserve your attention. All natural, there isn’t one ingredient on the label that wouldn’t come straight from your refrigerator or pantry. Rather than dominate the flavor palette, the fruit notes in these salsas amplify the vegetable flavors and cut through the heat. The consistency is on the thick side, perfect for clinging to a tortilla chip, blanketing a bland meat like chicken or blending with yogurt or sour cream for an instant, creamy crudité dip or spread.

    Tequila adds a piquant bite to mellow, sweet pineapple. The subtle tang of fresh lime juice and a mounting heat towards the finish make for an excellent overall flavor.


    Mrs. Renfro’s Pineapple Salsa.

    If you’re at all a fan of fresh, ripe pineapple, this is the Holy Grail of salsa for you. As proven by the popular “Hawaiian” pizza, tomato and pineapple make a delicious couple. With juicy chunks of sweet-and-tangy fruit in every bite, you barely notice Mrs. Renfro’s signature hot finish.

    Many products claiming to be pomegranate-flavored end up tasting like anything but. Not so with this salsa. The fruit shines clearly through the rich, smoky chipotle without so much as a peep from artificial flavoring. The lingering sweet-hot afterburn will have you immediately reaching for another chip.

    The verdict: we’re more than likely to dip into these again!


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